The Dragon, the Eagle, and the Private Sector: Public-Private Collaboration in China and the United States

The Dragon, the Eagle, and the Private Sector: Public-Private Collaboration in China and the United States

Friday, March 5, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Via Zoom Webinar.

  • Lawrence H. Summers,
  • Richard J. Zeckhauser,
  • John D. Donahue,
  • Yijia Jing

Co-sponsored with the Harvard Kennedy School

This event is part of the Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2020-21 Colloquium series "Health, medicine, and longevity: Exploring public and private roles"

Introduced by Lawrence H. Summers (President Emeritus, Harvard University), Richard Zeckhauser, Jack Donahue and Karen Eggleston discuss their recently published book, The Dragon, the Eagle, and the Private Sector: Public-Private Collaboration in China and the United States with Professor Yijia Jing of Fudan University, China's leading expert on public-private relationships will also participate. The governments of China and the United States - despite profound differences in history, culture, economic structure, and political ideology - both engage the private sector in the pursuit of public value. This book employs the term collaborative governance to describe relationships where neither the public nor private party is fully in control, arguing that such shared discretion is needed to deliver value to citizens. This concept is exemplified across a wide range of policy arenas, such as constructing high speed rail, hosting the Olympics, building human capital, and managing the healthcare system. This book will help decision-makers apply the principles of collaborative governance to effectively serve the public, and will enable China and the United States to learn from each other's experiences. It will empower public decision-makers to more wisely engage the private sector. The book's overarching conclusion is that transparency is the key to the legitimate growth of collaborative governance.

"It has become increasingly clear over the last few years that in tackling a country’s problems, what matters most is the quality of government rather than the quantity. This book provides a key to understanding how to achieve that quality-public-private collaboration, done right. Delving deep into two very different societies, the US and China, the authors provide lessons that illuminate and should inform scholars and policymakers alike." -- Fareed Zakaria

"This important book addresses how the two most important countries, the U.S. and China, address what may be their most important question: How can their public and private sectors cooperate most effectively with each other to create value. This is the rare book that is both analytic and a pleasure to read. It makes a lasting impression. It deserves a very wide readership among all those concerned about the future of the global economy." -- Lawrence H Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University

"Eggleston, Donahue, and Zeckhauser offer an authoritative and intriguing account of why and how collaborative governance, a key modern instrument that engages public and private actors for comparative advantages in coping with complex public affairs, has been widely and deeply practiced in two vastly different countries, China and the US. An essential reading with profound academic inspirations and rich empirical inquiries." -- Yijia Jing, Fudan University.


Lawrence H. Summer 4X4
Lawrence H. Summers is President Emeritus of Harvard University. During the past two decades he has served in a series of senior policy positions, including Vice President of development economics and chief economist of the World Bank, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, Director of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011, and Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, from 1999 to 2001. 


Richard J. Zeckhauser is the Frank Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School.  




John Donahue 4X4
John D. Donahue is Faculty Chair for the Master’s in Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School.




Karen Eggleston 4X4
Karen Eggleston is Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Director of the Asia Health Policy Program in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.



Yijia Jing 4X4
Yijia Jing is a Chang Jiang Scholar, Seaker Chan Chair Professor in Public Management, Dean of the Institute for Global Public Policy, and Professor of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University. He conducts research on privatization, governance, and collaborative service delivery. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Global Public Policy and Governance.